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Recent News / October 2020

The London Society


The London Society has gathered thoughts and ideas on #WhenThisIsAllOver. Alistair's contribution argues that we need to return the West End to a place of real production and work.

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Hand painted maps showing regents street

Gorgeous Georgians

Alistair has written a piece for the London Society Journal on the history of Regent Street and his ideas for its future. His study, Gorgeous Georgians, explores the boundary that the street created and how it could be reimagined into a more democratic space.

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Illustration of Cottam House

Cottam House receives virtual planning consent

We are thrilled to have received planning consent, in our first ever virtual planning committee, for our transformation of Cottam House on York Way for Endurance Land.

AJ's Retro First Campaign

Barr Gazetas joins AJ’s RetroFirst campaign

We are proud to be on the list of supporters of RetroFirst, the campaign by Architects’ Journal. We are very lucky to work with clients and consultants who champion sustainability and we enjoy working together for the future of the built environment

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New London Awards 2019

New London Awards Winner

We are thrilled that Quadrant Arcade, our project on Regent Street for The Crown Estate, has won a New London Architecture Award! The judges commented that, "from a design perspective, the arcade is very beautiful" and that it "transformed a somewhat unloved part of Regent Street and created a new link through at the same time", providing "long-term investment in the city."

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The Modern House

Sun House features in The Modern House

Alistair Barr has showcased his mews home, Sun House, in The Modern House. He explains how he made the period building energy efficient and gives insight into his house style.

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BD Architect of the year 2019

Barr Gazetas shortlisted for Interior Architect of the Year

Barr Gazetas have been shortlisted in this year’s BD Architect of the Year Awards in the Interior category. We have worked on some really exciting interior projects over the past few years so thank you to everyone for giving us the opportunity to show off the talents of our team.

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Jon at Jaguar

Designers show how electric cars could reshape cities

Jon Eaglesham, our Managing Director joined Jaguar design director Ian Callum to present a joint vision for what the urban future of automotive electrification could look like at an event in the Stratstone Mayfair Jaguar dealership in central London

Read more at Drive Electic

BBC Interview

BBC Radio 5 Live features Skyports

Jon Eaglesham, our Managing Director, and Duncan Walker, the Managing Director of Skyports, appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live on Phil Williams’ evening show on the 3rd October discussing what drones will mean for the future of London’s transport system and skyline.

Skyports features in The Times

Our work getting passenger drones to London has been featured in The Times. Together with Skyports, we continue to find new sites for rooftop vertiports and are getting ready for the future of urban air mobility.

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The Times Newspaper
Camden Wharf

Camden Wharf receives unanimous planning consent

Great news! Our proposal for an extension to Camden Wharf has received unanimous planning consent. We will be sensitively extending an iconic building designed in 2000 by CZWG on the Camden canal side with a new rooftop restaurant hidden behind a layered glass and metal façade and careful public realm enhancements.

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IBI Football Cup

Barr Gazetas sponsors and plays in the IBI Construction Cup

Last week we sponsored and took part in our very first IBI Construction Cup. Tough competition stopped us from getting past the group stages but it was a brilliant afternoon in the sun and we are looking forward to getting on the pitch again next year.

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Skyports urban air travel

Architects ‘must wake up to drone tech future’

Architects Journal feature Barr Gazetas work with Skyports, UK’s first drone ports, and asks why architects should seize the opportunity to create infrastructure for the vehicles that will soon be ‘filling our skies’

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Creative Superpowers

Creative Superpowers

Alistair Barr has contributed to Creative Superpowers, a new book looking into creative problem-solving. With contributions from people all over the creative world, the book covers the superpowers of Hacking, Making, Teaching, and Thieving. Alistair discusses thieving and argues that, with modern technology and resources, architects should be encouraged to copy widely and freely.

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JLL Property triathlon

Mike Owens completed the JLL Property Triathlon

Well done to our Mike Owens who completed in this year’s JLL Property Triathlon. He took part to raise money for The Favela Foundation. The foundation was set up by our own Kanav Gupta to raise money for educational and social welfare projects in Brazil's favelas.

The Favela Foundation

ISO 9001 Certification

We are ISO9001:2015 certified!

In May 2018 we became ISO9001:2015 certified, confirming our commitment to maintaining the highest quality in all aspects of our work and operations.

This is in addition to the ISO14001:2015 certification which we already hold.

We're working together with Skyports on the future of urban air travel!

Barr Gazetas is working with Skyports to integrate cutting edge transportation facilities within existing and new buildings in London. Skyports operates vertiports - landing pads and facilities for cargo and passenger carrying drones, and we are part of the team creating a network of sites across the UK and beyond.

Our extensive experience in working with existing buildings and our wide portfolio of clients means we are ideally placed to vet suitable locations in which to install the infrastructure required for the future of urban mobility. The roll out will start with cargo drones, which are already in operation overseas, and then progress to passenger carrying vehicles in the very near future.

The challenge is to seamlessly incorporate vertiports in to a variety of buildings, from West End historic blocks to suburban shopping centre’s, to create discreet, efficient, secure and environmentally friendly places.

Air taxis might feel like a futuristic invention, but they are well on the way. Skyports and Barr Gazetas are part of the evolution preparing London and the UK for this revolution in transport.

Barr Gazetas Event - Hidden Heddon Street
Waltham Forest Making Places

We’re Making Places

Only this month we received the good news that our concept for Waltham Forest Council's Making Places initiative has been selected as one of the winners. Our Albert Crescent Long Table scheme envisages a new piece of public realm providing a colourful focus for community and events and gatherings.

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Photo of Power Road Studio's in chiswick

First building on our Power Road Studio's masterplan completes.

Phase 1 of the Power Road Studio's masterplan completed in October 2017 with great market feedback and letting success. Studio 1, the first of five buildings to be remodelled, provides a new campus anchor and sets the standard for the next stage of the masterplan.

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Waltham Forest Making Places

Hannah completes her first marathon

Associate, Hannah Chalmers-Stevens completed her first ever London Marathon, raising money for Centrepoint charity.

Hannah is a keen runner and has completed four half marathons and many 10k events in her 10 years at Barr Gazetas. Her mission was to train and complete what she calls her ‘biggest running challenge to date’ before her 40 year milestone – and she smashed it.

Congratulations Hannah and we’re sure it won’t be the last!

Hannah's Charity Page

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Jon Eaglesham judging BCO Awards

Our MD Jon enjoyed being a juror for the BCO judging panel this year. The awards are a valued showcase of the best workplace designs in the UK, and it’s great to be part of the process.

Congratulation to the winners and well done to all who entered.

BCO Awards Listings

British Assessment Bureau 14001

We are ISO 14001:2015 certified!

Promoting sustainability is at the heart of what we do. In 2016 Barr Gazetas became accredited under ISO 14001 and we are committed to continual development of our environmental performance.

We have a comprehensive Environmental Policy and Management System and are always finding ways to reduce our environmental impact at every stage of our design process.

Interchange Atrium rooftop bar and garden space

Atrium shortlisted for FX Awards, Small Workplace Environment Category.

Our co-working scheme in Camden, LABS Atrium, has been shortlisted for the FX Awards, in the Small Workplace Environment Category.

Atrium is aimed at start-ups and creatives, and the design looks to foster a more collaborative approach to co-working with a clever mix of working styles. We were tasked with the design of a community - and this quickly became our single most important principal. A community works when everyone’s together, and social, and can interact and engage without effort.

See entry here

Photo of COPPA lighting design by architect Savvas

COPPA lighting design shortlisted for the Blueprint Awards

Barr Gazetas are thrilled that our bespoke lighting design COPPA continues to delight. Designed by in-house Architect Savvas as part of the Crown Estates Mezzanine fitout, the compact LED light brings life a flexible space that showcases The Crown Estate’s diverse property portfolio in a world class destination.

Our first in product design, the project showcases furniture also design by Barr Gazetas and an incredible interactive Pipers model of Regent Street and the surrounding area.

See entry here

Arial view of 30 Cleveland Street

30 Cleveland Street is now on site!

This renovation of a 1930’s building in the heart of Fitzrovia for UK & European is currently on site. The existing building will be remodelled with the addition of rear and rooftop extensions providing increased office space, restoration of the historic Art Deco facades, premium tenant facilities and fantastic CAT A office space.

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London Society Event - Barr Gazetas Jon Eaglesham talks at Interchange Atrium in Camden

London Society Success

In June, Barr Gazetas teamed up with the London Society to host a tour of our co-working scheme in Camden. Interchange Atrium was created in a building that had stood empty for 7 years. It provides over 30,000ft2 of creative working spaces for 600 people, with three floors of alternative work style space being offered; private, hot-desking and breakout spaces.

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Kanav and Mark on the podium after finishing the JLL Property Triathlon

Kanav and Mark complete JLL Property Triathlon

Serious results for Kanav and Mark who took part in the JLL Property Triathlon last week. It's great to be part of the wider property network and we’ll be back next year with a few more challengers.

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Front of Studio 5 at Power Road Studios in Chiswick

World Architecture News feature Power Road Studios

Delighted that our new-build and refurbishment scheme for Power Road Studios is featured in World Architecture News.

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Hidden Heddon - LFA.
Thursday 15 - Sunday 18 June, 17:00 — 18:00

Heddon Street may only be 100m long but under the surface there are many layers of history. ‘Hidden Heddon’ will recall the rich memories of this street, in particular three notable mysteries, through installations, live music performances and Barr Gazetas opening their studio for all.

From 1913 to 1953, One Heddon Street was home to ‘New Gallery Kinema’ which featured a Wurlitzer organ and premiered Disney's ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’. The cinema's architectural features can still be viewed in Burberry on Regent Street.

During the 1930's, a West End cabaret was here. In the basement of what is now Heddon Street Kitchen. The infamous club ‘Cave of the Golden Calf’ attracted artists, writers and performers. The Golden Calf logo by Eric Gill disappeared upon the club's closure and was last rumoured to have been seen in the US.

In 1972, David Bowie posed in front of 23 Heddon Street launching his legendary persona Ziggy Stardust. The prominent ‘K-West’ sign seen on the album cover was the name of a furrier’s company. The site of the photo became a shrine to fans however the original sign no longer exists as it was stolen by a fan in the early 1980s.

Come along and explore these mysteries on a treasure trail, visit bars and restaurants for related events and discover Heddon Street in the present and past.

Barr Gazetas Event - Hidden Heddon Street

Listed Building Consent and Planning permission has been granted for our Dulwich College internal enhancements.

Following an invited competition win in early 2016 we are delighted to be working with Dulwich College to restore the three Charles Barry Jnr. buildings. We have received consent from Southwark Council for our proposals and the Dulwich College Board of Governors has given approval for the projects which will further enable an environment in which pupils, colleagues and the wider community can thrive and learn.

Our brief is to provide the best teaching and learning spaces in a forward thinking, pupil focused environment. In 2019, Dulwich College is celebrating its 400th anniversary and our proposals will restore internal heritage fabric whilst enhancing the college’s commitment to teaching and pastoral care.

We will be providing 40 refurbished classrooms, 10 associated teaching spaces and restoring corridors, stairwells. We are carefully threading through all new heating, electrical and IT services during each phase of the works. For further information please visit — Dulwich College Campus updates

Jon Snow on the roof at 7 Air Street

Energy Awards win for 7 Air Street

We're excited to announce that Air Street has won another award at this year's Energy Awards, winning 'Commercial Building Energy Project of the Year'!

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The eco living roof at 7 Air Street

Air Street awarded Sustainability Project of the Year

We're really thrilled that one of Mayfair’s newest and most prestigious developments, The Crown Estate’s 7 Air Street, has won Sustainability Project of the Year at the Building Awards 2016.

Building Awards 2016


On Office Magazine feature Atrium

The Atrium, a vibrant co-working business building in Camden Market, designed by Barr Gazetas with interiors and lighting in collaboration with Tom Dixon's Design Research Studios features in On Office

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UK-GBC London office upgrade, an exemplar for sustainable office refurbishment.

The UK Green Building Council is refurbishing its London headquarters, with a design team drawn from its membership and the aim of challenging industry thinking as to what is achievable in a small scale fit out.

Sweett Group, Cundall and Sturgis Carbon Profiling join architectural practice Barr Gazetas in working closely with the client and leaseholder, The Building Centre, on refurbishing the 162.4m2 space. The organisations responded to a demanding brief for a workplace that enhances the health and productivity of the co-located UK-GBC and World GBC teams, and delivers excellent environmental performance.

Julie Hirigoyen, CEO of the UK Green Building Council, said: “We’ve set some stretching targets for our small office upgrade, in keeping with the ambitious nature of our mission - to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment. We’ve selected a design team who have not only demonstrated the solutions-oriented expertise needed for this unusual project, but who are enthused by working collaboratively.

“One of the requirements of the brief was a commitment to sharing the challenges and insights from this project with our members and the wider industry. Of course, UK-GBC is in a unique position to benefit from the good practice and generosity of its own members, which has so far proven outstanding. So whilst we recognise the project may not be replicable in its entirety, we hope the integrated design approach will inform other organisations however small to aim high on the sustainability of their fit-out.”

The brief aims to balance the health, wellbeing and productivity of the twenty-five regular office users with outstanding resource and energy efficiency and a low carbon approach. The fit out will be completed by October 2016.

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Green Building

Wallpaper Magazine: Camden Interchange

The Camden Interchange flagship Atrium building designed by Barr Gazetas with interiors in collaboration with Design Research Studios features in Wallpaper Read the article in Wallpaper


Atrium; Camden Interchange’s new flagship building

Dexigner feature our work on Atrium, the new flagship building of Interchange’s three available office spaces in Camden. We worked in collaboration with Tom Dixon’s by Design Research Studio on the interiors. Opened in October 2015, Atrium and other site Utopia provide larger office space for growing and established companies.Read the article in Dexigner


MIPIM Preview 'Building for the Future'

The February MIPIM Preview features our work recently completed on the office eco-retrofit of 7 Air Street in the Westend entitled 'Building for the Future'. Read the article in MIPIM Preview on page 52

RIBA London practice of the month

Our Practice of the Month for July are Barr Gazetas who are based in Fitzrovia. We asked the practice to tell us a bit about themselves.

How would you describe your practice in a single tweet?

Reliable yet surprising with a love of people and places, colour and imagination, heritage and transformation, and music.

What’s your current headcount?


What makes you different from other practices?

We are powered by diversity and refuse to put our work in boxes. We have an incredible range of projects and that is what keeps us motivated. Collaboration is fundamental to the success of our work.

What the most exciting project you’ve got coming up?

After many years in the doldrums Camden Market is being carefully knitted together under new ownership. We are working on four key sites there in collaboration with a number of experts to deliver a fresh imagining of the working environment

What’s your dream commission?

We are currently involved in four high street transformations. There are just under 600 high streets in Greater London. Our dream is to be appointed to enhance as many as possible (although technically that is more than one commission).

Finally – What makes London such an exciting place for architects?

Getting involved in the fabric that no one else sees. There is so much depth and complexity in a finished urban project, and so much is concealed from the public or occupier. It is a privilege to see beneath the surface of one of the world’s oldest and greatest cities, and to be part of creating the next layer.

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Glastonbury Vision, FX Magazine

Barr Gazetas founder Alistair Barr shares his ‘If Only’ vision for moveable shelters at Glastonbury in the June edition of FX magazine.


Wembley Hill Road

We’re pleased to see our new office building for Bishopswood Estates has started onsite. This 11,000 ft2 scheme is due for completion in July 2015. It replaces their existing headquarters and overlooks the Wembley regeneration project.

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Greenwich Market win in Building Design

Building Design magazine feature Barr Gazetas planning win for the redevelopment of the historical Greenwich Market.

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Q2 South, The Quadrant

Barr Gazetas is on site with a complex retrofit in the heart of London. The project is a major part of the Crown Estate’s Quadrant development off Regent Street. The project brief was to redevelop two Grade II listed properties, Quadrant House and 7-9 Air Street.

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2014 BREEAM Awards

Barr Gazetas win BREEAM 2014 Best in Sector for their Quadrant 2 office scheme for The Crown Estate. It’s officially the first office ever to be given the BREEAM 2011 Outstanding award and the first for a Grade II listed building.


Brooklyn Bowl Opens

Brooklyn Bowl is a 32,000 ft2 entertainment venue comprising a live music arena, a bowling alley, three bars and a Blue Ribbon Restaurant run by American chef, Bruce Bromberg. Located within The O2 in North Greenwich and supported by the venue’s owners AEG, it is the second Brooklyn Bowl to open globally and the first in Europe.

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